My rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars.
The short Second Life of Bree Tanner, by Stephenie Meyer is sort of an outside extension novella to the Twilight series, and it was kind of bitter sweet to me. I debated between a two and three star for some time. Nothing higher than that because it didn’t in any way compare to the actual Twilight books. Which in my opinion, would be hard to do, because lets face it, she set the bar pretty darn high. I’m a big fan of Stephenie and her one of a kind vampire Saga, so I was pretty excited to learn of an attached novella.
Bree Tanner’s is the story of a newborn vampire who was changed merely to be a disposable pawn in a planned fight against the Cullens. She is changed, therefore remembers nothing of her previous life as a human. She is thrown in a run down abandoned building with the rest of the newborn army. They are vicious pack of crazed bloodsuckers. Bree is forced to find her place in the group in order to survive. She struggles with her urges and her thirst for blood. As the story leads up to the final battle Bree has to choose between the duties she was changed for, and her new found newborn friend — one who wants to leave the group and live.
Ultimately, I felt like the story was forced and predictable. It was lacking, and I was somewhat disappointing. It was interesting to read a backstory that led to one of my favorite of the Cullen’s battles, but it left me unsatisfied. I felt like Stephanie could have done better.
Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.